About PKI Solutions

We Help Customers Design, Deploy, and Operate Their Public Key Infrastructure

As we become ever more dependent on online services and devices, the need to secure data, electronic transactions, and vital information is more important and challenging than ever before.

Many of the online services we enjoy today are made possible through the use of public key infrastructure (PKI). A well-designed PKI combines roles, policies, software, and hardware elements to enable secure electronic transfer of information—far more securely than what’s possible with simple password authentication.

Designing and deploying a PKI is a complex process. Ensuring the security and processes to protect your information and identities requires careful consideration of the underlying cryptography and operational processes of the system. That’s where we come in.

We offer PKI Spotlight - a revolutionary new cybersecurity monitoring software that gives organizations confidence in their identity and encryption systems. Our professional services include PKI Consulting Services, PKI Assessments, as well as PKI Training to help keep your organization secure at all times.

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Mark B. Cooper

President & Founder

Mark B. Cooper, president and founder of PKI Solutions, has been known as “The PKI Guy” since his early days at Microsoft. Mark has deep knowledge and experience in all things Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), including Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS), PKI design and implementation, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile security, and encryption. PKI Solutions provides consulting, training, professional services, and assessments to help ensure the security of organizations now and in the future.

At PKI Solutions, Mark and his team have implemented PKI solutions at enterprises, many of them Fortune 500 companies, in industries including energy, IoT, technology, healthcare, and financial services, as well as federal, state, and local government. Mark has also led hundreds of PKI trainings, including private trainings, across the country, and around the world—from Scotland to Buffalo, from Sweden to Washington, D.C.—and everywhere in between. He is also the primary instructor for our online PKI training courses.

Prior to founding PKI Solutions in 2014, Mark was a senior engineer at Microsoft, where he designed, implemented, and supported ADCS environments for Microsoft’s largest customers and became the leading subject matter expert for ADCS and identity management. Mark developed and managed the Microsoft PKI Health Check to analyze and report on the design and management of PKI components and created Microsoft’s first consolidated set of PKI best practices. He authored several Microsoft whitepapers, including the specifications and deployment of ADCS on Microsoft Windows Failover Clusters.

Mark has been working with Microsoft technologies since 1992 when he achieved his first MCP certification with Microsoft exam #001. He has subsequently earned the MCSE accreditation for every Microsoft operating system since Windows NT 3.51, and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Security MVP, and Charter Microsoft Certified Master—Directory Services (MCM). In fact, for those with Microsoft MCM-Directory accreditation, Mark developed and most likely delivered the PKI portion of the training.

You can reach Mark Cooper at info@pkisolutions.com or follow him on Twitter at @ThePKIGuy.

Jacob Grandlienard brings more than 19 years of industry experience as a senior level engineer. He has spent the past 10 years designing, leading, and training clients in Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) implementations for medium to enterprise-scale Fortune 500 companies. He specializes in PKI
implementations of Microsoft-based identity solutions, including Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS) as well as integration with other security and identity management technologies. Jacob is a subject matter expert in PKI, mobile device management software, smart card management software, and Hardware Security Module (HSM) integration.

Jacob has extensive experience with Forefront Identity Manager, Office 365 migration, Active Directory Federation Services, Windows Server—and has implemented and migrated these solutions across enterprises. Prior to joining PKI Solutions, Jacob led and managed security consulting  engineering projects for several organizations and sectors including healthcare, chemical, education, financial, manufacturing, technology, pharmaceutical, insurance, and military organizations

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Jacob Grandlienard

Managing PKI Consultant

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Vadims Podāns

PKI Software Architect (EMEA Region)

Vadims Podāns is a Senior PKI Developer for the EMEA region at PKI Solutions. In addition, he is focused on tool development – working on PKI Solutions’ PKI toolset including the PKI Assessment Portal tools and PowerShell PKI Module – and online community engagement, including technical forums.

Vadims’ background is in IT, with vast expertise in public key infrastructure (PKI), cryptography, PowerShell, Active Directory, basic networking, C#, .NET Framework, and ASP.NET. He designed and developed the PowerShell PKI Module, ASN.1 Decoder, and the SSL Certificate Verifier. Vadims is a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, and Microsoft Certified Professional.

He has authored several technical articles and whitepapers, including Certificate Autoenrollment in Windows Server 2019, PowerShell Deep Dive, Software Restriction Policies. Additionally, he has presented topics on PKI, ADCS, and PowerShell, including ADCS SHA1-SHA2 Migration; ADCS Web Services; Windows PKI implementation best practices; Windows PKI implementation best practices; and Windows Server 2008 R2 backup with PowerShell. Vadims has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2009 for Cloud and Datacenter Management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Latvia.

Nick Sirikulbut joins PKI Solutions as the Senior Program Manager where he is responsible for managing and bringing to market the organizations’ software products and tools. Nick brings over 20 years of experience in technology and executive leadership in the IT field. He is passionate about building partnerships that leverage technology to drive business growth.

Prior to PKI Solutions, Nick most recently was responsible for building the digital enablement tools that Microsoft’s Tech for Social Impact team utilizes to provide minority-focused nonprofit programs the critical services and support at a local community level that is needed to drive change. Previously, Nick was responsible for the technology portfolio for Creative Artists Agency's Global Sports Division. In his leadership role, he facilitated the growth initiatives through acquisition due diligence, business engagement, external engagement, and integration planning. Nick has also played a key role as Technology Account Manager at Microsoft where he advised fortune 100 clients and enterprise companies on technology adoption, solutions, and readiness while leading also the practice in customer satisfaction.

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Nick Sirikulbut

Director of Business Development

PKI Solutions Experts' Published Works

Google Cloud CA Service Whitepaper by PKI Solutions

Whitepaper: How to deploy a secure and reliable public key infrastructure with Google Cloud Certificate Authority Service

Securing and Hardening PKI

Whitepaper: Securing and Hardening Network Device Enrollment Service for Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager

Thales PKI

Whitepaper: Upgrading and Improving the Trust of Microsoft Windows Certificate Authorities

Securing Public PKI

Whitepaper: Securing Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) - Contributor/Tech Reviewer

Window Server PKI

Whitepaper: Server 2008 Failover Clustering for Certificate Services

Windows Server PKI

Windows Server 2008 Administrator's Companion

Windows PKI

MCSE Windows 98 Study Guide

Ace It PKI

MCSE Ace It! – NT Workstation 4.0

Ace It PKI

MCSE Ace It! – NT Server 4.0

Ace It PKI

MCSE Ace It! – NT Server 4.0 In The Enterprise